D800 - a dying species

Started Feb 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
JackM
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Re: But I can't do this with a point-n-shoot

topstuff wrote:

I really don't think it will be long before you can get very close. Fast lenses in m4/3 are coming and decent 3200 ISO is'nt far off either.

I am not a m4/3 user I would stress, but i like what I see.

Having travelled the world with a battered bag stuffed with Nikons ( and then Canon 5D2) and fast glass, I welcome the day when we can get close to this quality in a lighter package.

In that sense i can see where the OP is coming from.

Don't get me wrong, these are great images. But I fervently believe that great images like those and a large FF camera are not mutually exclusive. Smaller, lighter cameras ARE getting there. And thats a great thing.

I agree that a smaller package is desirable (that's not what she said). I agree that ISO 3200+ in m4/3 or smaller is coming. Maybe the servo AF will get there too. But you're simply not going to get 200mm f/2.8 or 35mm f/1.4, etc, without a large, heavy hunk of glass, and a motor to focus it. Until we invent lenses with some other material and construction, like liquid or plasma or Fresnel or something that hasn't been discovered yet, We will not get away from large lenses. So we may as well have a large-ish camera to handle them.

Or we could invent a lens and sensor that is the same size, brightness, and sensitivity as the human eye. But lovers of thin DOF and bokeh will be disappointed.

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